Length: 12 miles roundtrip
Duration: 7 hours
Trail Difficulty: Strenuous
Total Elevation Gain: 2,470 feet
Highest Elevation: 4,928 feet
Scenery: Wildflowers, panoramic view, scenic
received its naming after Arno Cammerer, a highly regarded Director of the
National Park Service in the 1930’s. Cammerer was an instrumental piece in
national park for the Great Smoky Mountains. With help from Colonel David C.
Chapman of Knoxville, Cammerer convinced John D. Rockefeller Jr. to gift $5
million for the purchase of land that is now part of the national park.
Hiking Mt. Cammerer:
the Mt. Cammerer trail, you will begin at the Low Gap Trailhead located in the
Cosby Campground. Then the rigorous 3 mile hike begins, but is accompanied by
the beautiful panorama of the hardwood forest as you trek up to the Cosby Creek
Valley. Once you reach the junction, you will take a left onto the Appalachian Trails
and continue on towards the Mt. Cammerer Trail.
Trail will not be as much of a gain in elevation as the Low Gap trail, but it
will take you over a grassy ridge that features a picturesque view of the Cosby
valley, Snake Den Ridge and Inadu Knob. Next you will turn onto a spur trail
that is a little longer than a half-mile and is relatively level. However, this
spur is narrow and will involve some rock scrambling so take your time while on
the spur then head to the Mt. Cammerer summit.
Once you reach
the highest point of Mt. Cammerer (4,928 feet in elevation) you will want to
take a rest from your strenuous hike, and gaze out at the Pigeon River Gorge.
Many hikers take up a picnic and have lunch at the summit and sometimes indulge
in a nap to rejuvenate for the hike back down. It’s also a must to check out
the octagonal fire tower at the summit. The tower was made in the late 1930s
with hand-cut stone that was blocked out right out of a mountainside. Some
stones weighed up to 600 pounds.
Directions to Mt Cammerer Trail:
at light 3 in Gatlinburg, or the junction of 441 and 321, turn to travel
eastbound on 321/73 and drive 18.2 miles until the road dead-ends into Highway
right toward Cosby and drive 1.2 miles to the Park entrance.
a turn to the right into the Park, and drive roughly 3 miles to the Cosby
- The hike to the summit of Mt. Cammerer starts
at the Low Gap Trailhead, located at the back of the section B area of the